Happy Birthday, John Cleese
October 27, 2008, 01:31 PM
Birthday wishes go out today to actor John Cleese, who portrays the character of Nearly Headless Nick (Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington) in the Harry Potter films. Please join us in wishing Mr. Cleese a very happy 69th birthday! Cheers!
I agree Ben, the ghosts in the first 2 films really gave Hogwarths a sense that this aint no ordinary boarding school! I miss the ghosts too.
KB Prez, John Cleese wrote and produced that series and deliberately stopped at 12 episodes. He didnt want it to deteriorate and felt it was right to end it there despite the rocket high ratings. He is like today’s Ricky Gervais, they never run their ideas into the gutter and dont give in to pressure. Cleese was brilliant in his day. Fawlty Towers is my second all time favourite comedy series which I can never get bored of watching again and again.
Happy Birthday, Birthday Twin (same day as me!) May you have many more, or as many as you care to. We love you!
@KBPrez, the reason why Faulty Towers is so excellent is because there are only 12 eps. They also had a very high standard of production, taking 6 weeks to film one episode! It is also one of my all time favourite comedies, and Monty Python are legend.
I’ve been a fan of Cleese for a long time. Things like Monty Python and Faulty Towers only get funnier as you get older.
If he wasn’t NHNick, he would’ve made a perfect Scrimgour. I think the whole Monty Python cast should’ve been in the movies. Terry Jones would’ve made a perfectly revolting Aunt Marge (or maybe Umbridge), Eric Idle would’ve been a memorable Peeves, Michael Palin would’ve been great as Sirius or a Gaunt(I’m thinking of him as the old hobo during Flying Circus credits), Graham Chapman (were he alive) would’ve made a fitting Fundge, and of course I’m of the opinion that Terry Gilliam should’ve directed the whole series.
I want to visit the alternate universe where Monty Python’s Harry Potter was filmed.